Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]
Annual Report of the London County Council, 1912.
The following table enables comparison to be made of the infantile mortality in London and other large English towns.
London had therefore in the period 1907-11 a lower infantile mortality than any of these towns
except Bristol and Portsmouth. In 1912 the London rate was below that of all except Portsmouth.
It should, however, be pointed out that the comparative rates given in the above table, which
shows the deaths of infants under one year of age per 1,000 births, are not fully corrected for births
in institutions except with regard to the rates for the Administrative County of London, as shown in
heavier type. The figures, therefore, are not strictly comparable, but afford a rough method of approximating
the relationship of the several infantile mortality rates in the instances given.
The following table shows the deaths of infants under one year of age and the number of these deaths per 1,000 births in each of the sanitary districts of the County of London for the period 1907-11 and for the year 1912
|Metropolitan borough.||Deaths under one year of age, 1912 (52 weeks).||Deaths under one year of age per 1,000 births.|
|Westminster, City of||197||97||84|
|London, City of||15||98||81|
It will be seen from the foregoing table that in the period 1907-11 and in the year 1912 Shore"
ditch (149 and 123 respectively) had the highest infantile death-rates and Hampstead (70 and 62
respectively) had the lowest. The deaths under one year of age per 1,000 births, during each of the
four quarters of the year, were approximately as follows:—First quarter 96; second quarter 83;
third quarter 81; fourth quarter 105.
(a) See footnotes (b) and (c), page 4.